Does anyone know what today is?
Well, besides Thursday, and the day I scrubbed sticky BBQ sauce off 100% of the surfaces in my kitchen after throwing an impromptu rib smoking party yesterday afternoon?
It’s opening day of the Iowa State Fair! :D
The fair is kind of a big deal ’round these parts. Not only is it one of the largest state fairs in the country, attracting over 1,000,000 visitors each year, but it even made the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book (which I highlight and bookmark after crossing things off, like a nerd.)
Ben and I head out to the fair at least once every single year, indulging in once-a-year-corndogs for her, and squeaky cheese curds for him, but this year I’m flyin’ solo, at least for the first visit, to help judge the Tone’s Cinnamon Roll Competition this afternoon!
Contestants will enter their homemade rolls in one of three categories: Sticky (caramel roll with or without nuts), Plain (cinnamon roll, frosted or unfrosted), or Non-Traditional (use your imagination!), which I will unselfishly sink my teeth into, because it is my job. ;)
In honor of the competition, I compiled 4 of the best cinnamon roll recipes I’ve made over the years here on IGE, which are perfect to whip up on a weekend morning. From the cutest mini cinnamon rolls, to rolls that don’t require any yeast to make – hopefully you can find a recipe here you’ll love!
8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls
Made with crescent roll dough and drizzled with a to-die for homemade Maple Icing, I can’t decide what I like best about these cinnamon rolls – their unbeatable taste, adorable mini size, or the fact that they take 8 minutes to bake! (Psst: use Pillsbury’s crescent roll dough sheets to bake them even faster!)
Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls
There’s not much else to say about the Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls besides they are one of the best things I have ever eaten. Sweet, decadent, over-the-top PERFECTION. If I wanted to impress someone, I’d make them these rolls!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls hold a special place in my heart. Not only did they help me conquer my fear of using yeast, but they are absolutely unforgettable. Squishy, chewy, and spiked with a Fall favorite – pumpkin!
No-Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls
A yeast-based cinnamon roll dough is hard to beat, but if you just don’t have the time to knead, rest, roll & slice – make these No-Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls instead. Flaky and almost biscuit-like, they are ridiculously rich, decadent, and positively dah-ripping with luscious cream cheese icing. THE. BEST!
What’s your favorite way to start the weekend?